FrameWork IV

Originally created by Forefront Corporation for Ashton-Tate and first released in 1984, Framework was an early integrated office suite for DOS. It has a built in word processor, spreadsheet, database, outliner, graphing, and telecommunications.

Framework provides a text-based "gui", including windowing and menus. All of the different components behave in similar, consistent ways.

The Framework office suite is historically distinguished as the first all-in-one office suite for IBM PC compatible computers.

The spreadsheet component is also unique, as its design let it support "3D" spreadsheets.

Initially, Framework competed against Epson's Z-80 CP/M based Valdocs integrated office suite, and the Macintosh. It later competed against Lotus Symphony and Microsoft Works.

Wanted: FrameWork V, later versions.


Release notes

Framework IV was the last version released under Ashton-Tate. Framework IV was re-branded and sold by Borland, who also released a number of later version.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Graphics Communications Database
Release date
User interface
Download count
15 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Framework IV 1.0 (1991) (5.25-360k) IV 1.0 English 2.72MB 2


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